Family-friendly restaurants with something for everyone.
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I have had the unfortunate experience of bringing my then 6 month old son to a restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for an early dinner (it was 5pm, folks). We were run out of there by a cranky couple seated next to us, who didn't really enjoy our son's chirping. What a nightmare. I swore off restaurants for a while and then made it my mission to find restaurants that had good food for me, as well as, for my kids with the right atmosphere.
Here are some fun local picks.
Chips Family Restaurant has “Family” in their name and they mean it! Pancakes for dinner? Yes! Choose from their extensive list of pancakes– “Bacon Pancakes”!–and other delish diner fare: eggs any way you want, sandwiches, salads, etc. Tons of booths and tables so even when there's a line out the door (and there often is one), service moves quickly. Which is the best when you're with your kids. Fast service = happy customers. They also have Take Out at the Fairfield location only!
Cos Cob's Fonda La Paloma has 1970s décor that will make the adults feel right at home. This family-owned, amazing Mexican restaurant is over the top kid friendly from the easy to eat (a ton of) menu items especially the quesadillas and their home-made guacamole to their friendly service. You'll want to stay for a post-meal siesta.
Tequila Mockingbird has been making folks happy in New Canaan for over 17 years! The yummy Mexican/TexMex menu with all the hits, including perfect guacamole. (You can eat it by the spoonful. Seriously.) The dining room is kid-friendly so don't worry about noisy eaters here. This place is pop-u-lar so go early or make a reservation!
Rio Border Cafe I know, I know it's another Mexican restaurant, but it's worth a trip to the Best Buy anchored strip mall, where it's located, for the authentico food, the killer décor (a feast for the eyes–your kids won't get antsy here!), and the festive Mariachi Band– yes, they take requests! “One Ton Tomato” anyone? (at least that's what my kids think they're singing). At Christmas time Santa visits the tables and poses for photos which they deliver to your table (free!)
The Cellar Door is a cozy, hip restaurant with a more upscale vibe, so the kids think it's "fancy". The zinc bar is very cool to sidle up to on date night. All the brick oven pizzas are named after streets in Ridgefield. The “Ivy Hill” is terrific!